Happy Birthday Grace

Happy Birthday Grace!
That's right our little fancy Grace turned 2 on Dec. 28th. We celebrated with cupcakes and a little holiday cheer. Thank you all for making Grace's 2nd Birthday such a special celebration.
Josh nice job on the cupcakes!
Brooke and Kuba getting a little practice holding Emmit.

Fancy Grace

Thank you Jeff & Nick for the guitar and key board! Can't wait for you boys to have kids...

Josh had to open up all the presents. Grace not 100% into ripping into paper.

Check out Tatum's curls.

Yes that is pink cherry flavored frosting love.

My brother Peter.
Natalie getting a lick up that cup cake

Nick, Jeff and Sean.

Ty not sure where he is, but likes his cupcake.

Carly Brosseau, so cute.

Garret loving the sugar

Grandpa Bill and his grandson's.

Jackson Brosseau getting as much sugar in as possible before his dad sees him.

Magen holding Emmit.

Grandma & Carly

Emmit & Brie

Kissing cousins...

Happy Birthday Grace.
Remember to always wear your helmet!
We love you little girl and hope you had a great 2nd birthday.


Happy Birthday Brooke

Yes today should also be a legal holiday as it is the 26th of December and the birthday of the one and only Brooke Nicole!

Happy 30th Brooke. Here is to you and the next 30 years!

A bottle of La Crema is waiting for you and I to enjoy!

X-Mas 08

We had a great chirstmas this year. We had the Brosseau/ Mandoske family up on the eve.
Good food & wine. Do I need to say more...

Christmas morning was exciting. Grace got some gifts that kept her busy all day. Our entire house looked like a play room, as it should on x- mas day.
As for Emmit he pretty much slept through the day!


First 10 Days

Grace is liking all the baby stuff.
Grace keeping a watchful eye on Emmit.

Grace has started to enjoy playing dress up.

Who is that bear on our bed?

Things are going well with Emmit. He is eating non stop and keeping us up non stop as well. Someday Josh and I will get our 8 full hours of sleep. In the meantime we are enjoying every moment.


Emmit Keith Johnston

Emmit Keith Johnston
8.6 lbs, 21 inches
Was born on
December 10, 2008
We are all doing well and happy to be home.
Our little Emmit was born with what we are calling his special lip.
It is a cleft lip and with a little plastic surgery at Children's Hospital we have been told that it will be an easy fix.
He is healthy and happy and that is what is most important!


Only 24 hours

Will it be a BOY or a GIRL?

In 24 hours we will find out!


Ho Ho Ho

This is us Friday night at the tree lightening. It's amazing there were actual people out on the town past 6pm on a Friday night in Anacortes!!
You have to click on the photo or zoom in to see the terror on Grace's face.

This is right after the official Santa photo was taken ( I'll have to scan later). Of course daddy was to the rescue with a cookie and all.

Grace is holding onto her daddy for dear life.

This is the face Grace made after I ask her if she wanted to go and see Santa again. I'm such a mean mommy.

Santa has left the building and Grace is a little less stressed.

Grace has on high heels already!

Life is good. Cookie in one had and a jar of sprinkles in the other.

Not sure why parents try to force their children to sit on a strangers lap that is dressed in a red suit with a over sized white beard once a year, but Josh and I did. I actually had to jump in the photo with Grace so she would not cry as hard.

Here are a few pics leading up to the actual sitting on Santa's lap and a few post pictures of Grace recovering from sitting on Santa's lap.


Remembering A Great Man

I wanted to take the time to remember my father in law, who passed away a little over a week ago at his home in Richland.
I’ll never forget the many times I spent with Keith and Laurie and the kids (also know as Josh’s brother Ian and sister Morgan) at the Central Washington Football Games. They were always so proud and happy to have the family together. Keith was always good at making sure I knew about all of Josh’s embarrassing childhood moments and he always had a joke or two to share.
What I admire most about Keith was his unconditional love that he had for his family. He loved his kids and would have done anything for him. Keith was the happiest when he was with his family.
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he first held Grace right after she was born.
I’ll never forget that he always called me sweet pea.
I’ll never forget watching him pull up in front of our house on his motorcycle after he drove across the state from Richland to Anacortes with the biggest smile that you could have seen for miles. Keith told Josh and I after that bike trip that he felt “alive”.
Keith you will live with us in our hearts and we will remember you everyday.
I will miss you and I will take care of your son Josh and love him until the very end.
Below is the obituary for
Roy Keith Johnston, 60, of Richland, WA, passed away at his home on November 23, 2008. He was born on August 24, 1948 in Colfax, WA, to Freda and Roy Johnston and moved to Ritzville, WA where he attended all 12 years of school. He played football and wrestled for Ritzville High School.In 1968, Keith joined the United States Army. He flew helicopters in Vietnam and various other duty stations including Augsburg, Germany and at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.After the military, Keith attended Wenatchee Valley Community College and earned degrees as a Medical Laboratory and an X-ray Technician. He worked in the lab at Kennewick General Hospital before working as a clinic manager at Physicians Immediate Care in Richland, WA. After leaving Physicians Immediate Care he continued working in the medical profession at a variety of different locations until retiring in 2003.During retirement, he indulged in numerous hobbies including learning to play the guitar, building remote control helicopters, riding his motorcycle, and singing in several choirs in the area including the Columbia River Chordsman.Keith worked as a worship assistant at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, participated as a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award for his service, and was an instructor at Wood Badge. He was also a member of the Richland chapter of the Harley Owners Group.Some of Keith's proudest moments were the birth of his three children, the birth of his granddaughter and that all of his children attended college.Keith is survived by his wife, Laurie, sons Joshua (wife Nicole) and Ian, daughter Morgan, grandchild Grace, sister Shannon, aunt Betty, family Marty, Cori, and Roni, and many cousins and close friends.Keith was preceded in death by his father, Roy G. Johnston and mother, Freda (Nave) Johnston.A memorial was held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 2:00pm at 1st Lutheran Church, located at 530 Bonneville, Pasco, WA, with a gathering in the fellowship hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Lord of Life Lutheran Church building fund.

On behalf of Josh and me we thank you all for your warm thoughts and well wishes that many of you have sent our way.
Obviously this is a hard time, but also a joyous time as we are getting ready to bring in another little Johnston into this world.


Baby News

Went to the doctor today and she reached in there and told me that she thinks the baby might come sooner then December 10th! Oh boy or girl!

I'm not getting myself too excited about this, because this is the same doctor that told me I would have no problem delivering Grace, because I was so "athletic" her words not mine and that the baby was "right there". Something tells me that 25 hours of labor and then having a emergency C section was not the easy way.

Anyways, I wanted to share that the baby is on his or her way!!!

More baby news to report. My BFF Brooke Nicole Poraj- Kuczewski is pregnant and due June 20th. I am so excited for her and Kuba. They will make great parents. My advice to them is the following:
Spend as much alone time as possible together. Go to the movies and out to fancy restaurants. Eat as much ice cream( Brooke that is for you) without any guilt. And no Kuba this does not mean you get to drink for two. That was what Josh always told people. That I was eating for two and that he was drinking for two.

Love you both and again congrats.